Trav­ellers have lower life ex­pectancy

Irish Daily Mail - - News -

THE life ex­pectancy for Trav­ellers is poor, with less than 1,000 over the age of 65, the Cen­sus re­veals.

There are 30,987 Trav­ellers liv­ing in Ire­land, an in­crease of 5.1% since 2011. How­ever, just 451 men and 481 women were aged 65 or over last year.

Six in 10 male Trav­ellers only went to pri­mary school, while 80% of them are un­em­ployed.

Pavee Point said the fig­ures showed the con­tin­u­ing in­equal­i­ties faced by Ir­ish Trav­ellers and in­sisted that this ‘can­not con­tinue to be ig­nored’.

The Trav­ellers’ rights group’s di­rec­tor, Martin Collins, said: ‘Trav­ellers are dy­ing six times younger and are poorer ed­u­cated than the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion. It is no sur­prise we are liv­ing with an 80% un­em­ploy­ment fig­ure.’

Al­most 60% of the Trav­eller com­mu­nity was un­der 25 years of age, com­pared with just 33.4% of the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion.

Among Trav­eller fe­males, just 13.3% were ed­u­cated to up­per-sec­ondary level or above, com­pared with 69.1% of the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion.

Nearly six in 10 male Trav­ellers (57.2%) were ed­u­cated to pri­mary level at most, com­pared with just 13.6% of the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion. How­ever, the num­ber of Trav­ellers with a third-level qual­i­fi­ca­tion (167) was al­most twice the fig­ure (89) in 2011.

Dublin city and sub­urbs had the largest num­ber of Ir­ish Trav­ellers (5,089), fol­lowed by Gal­way (1,598) and Cork (1,222). Among towns of 1,500 or more, Tuam had the high­est to­tal (737), fol­lowed by Long­ford (730). Na­van, Mullingar, Dun­dalk and Bal­li­nasloe all had 500 or more Ir­ish Trav­ellers.

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